Now I know who out bid me..... LOL...…
In Hibbard's book (Item A14) there is one and he has it rated a Rarity R4 which is only one known to exist.....
The difference is though it has a crown top with suspension ring, it looks like the one that you have has had the crown broken off......
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I thought I would post a section from the Harrogate Herald dated 30th October 1901.The full article is on Page 4 here I have just picked out the section describing the medal and the names of those it was presented to. Priest is mentioned as is Helliwell of whom more later. It is under the heading "Welcome Home to Men from the Front Presentation of Medals"
….."The Mayor then presented each of the men with a solid gold medal. It is of choice design, surmounted by a crown. On one side is engraved the words "South Africa". The reverse side bears the words "Presented by the town of Harrogate to
for loyal service, Oct 1901". It is specially designed and executed by Mr E Anderson, gold and silversmith, The King's Arcade, James St, Harrogate. The following received the medals, each man being loudly cheered by the company present:-
Trooper H Hinchley
Trooper G Jackson
Trooper J Jackson
Trooper C Mackay
Trooper C A Pickard
Trooper F Pierson
Trooper W Shaw
Trooper J H Sharman
Sergeant R Shutt
Trooper G A Sharman
Sergeant J Scholes
I have highlighted in Block capitals the two examples I know of. Priest mentioned earlier in this post and Helliwell. His Harrogate Tribute medal was sold as part of Lot 395 in Spinks Sale 9024 on 23 April 2009 as follows . Harrogate Town Medal for South Africa 1901, gold (Hallmarks for Birmingham 1901), the reverse engraved 'Presented by the Town of Harrogate to Pte. J. Helliwell Y&LR., for Loyal Service, Octr. 1901', good very fine
Dundee Volunteers Medal for South Africa 1901, silver (Hallmarks for Birmingham 1901), central medallion loose, good very fine
Montgomeryshire Imperial Yeomanry Medal for South Africa 1901, bronze, unnamed as issued, suspension claw loose, nearly very fine (3)
Estimate £ 80-100
The estimate was £80-£100 and I left a "hopeful bid of £510." I was way of the mark as I think it the Lot went for about £1500.
I have Helliwells QSA. He was in fact 2908 Private John Allen Hellewell York & Lancaster Regiment. In his papers in the National Archives in the series PIN 71 his surname is spelt HELLEWELL as is the naming on his QSA
So whilst Mr Hibbard might be right with his assessment of their rarity there was a fair number awarded that day.
I am responding to the initial top question of >>>Has anyone seen one of these before? Obverse, engraved: SOUTH AFRICA
Coincidently I was just handed one today from my neighbour who knows nothing about the medal.
It belonged to her late husband's family line and wants me to find out it's value.
I have not taken photos yet of the the medal with his name on it, which I might add also this one though identical to your photo also has a crown on the top from which it hangs on the end of his pocket watch chain.
Was the reason for your question to search for more information or to purchase other similar tribute medals?
I will send you photos when as soon as I am able
Perhaps I can help in some way as well.
dolores54 wrote: Hi there,
I am responding to the initial top question of >>>Has anyone seen one of these before? Was the reason for your question to search for more information or to purchase other similar tribute medals?
He was just asking for more information.
If you know of another Harrogate medal, I'd be interested in it, having lived there in the past for 30-odd years.